As promised, here is the story of Clementine's name...
We spent a lot of time when I was pregnant trying to choose a name for our future son/daughter. I even wrote a post about it, where I wrote that my husband and I have very different tastes in names. I'm still hoping for a son named Cedar someday, and he's still repeating, "how about William?"
Eventually we found a few girls' names that we agreed on and this became our shortlist. They were old fashioned English names - one was my preference, one was his preference and one we both liked equally. Clementine was one of them. I loved the sound of it, the fact that it can be pronounced in my other languages, the built in lullaby and it even passed the syllable test! When it came to boys' names, however, we couldn't agree on anything. In the end, we had just one name that I wasn't even crazy about.
Moments after Clementine was placed on my chest, someone in the room reminded us to check for the sex. My husband announced that it was a girl, and I cried and kissed her head over and over. I was so surprised that I actually asked him to check again! (On a side note, we are both so happy that we waited to find out our baby's gender. Initially, my husband wanted to find out as soon as possible but I vetoed him. He now admits that the surprise was one of the best things about having a baby!) He immediately asked me if I'd like to name her Clementine, as it was my top pick for a girls' name. Overwhelmed and worried about making the wrong decision I stuttered, "yes! no! I don't know."
So our little girl remained nameless for about 2 days. My husband generously told me that it was my decision - I could choose any of the 3 names on our shortlist and he would be happy. In the hospital we tried calling her these 3 names, and even starting singing 'Oh my darling.' In the end I knew it would be Clementine. My husband and I shook on it and it was a done deal. My last name is her middle name, and my husband and her share the same surname.
I worried so much about choosing the "perfect" name and now that she's here I know that we have. She is most certainly our darling Clementine. I love that when people hear her name they sound surprised, and then exclaim what a beautiful name it is. I love that it's easy to spell and pronounce. I love its meaning. And I love that since she's been born I've discovered other "Clementine" songs (thanks to Claire and Gentri): one from Megan Washington and this one from Sara Jaffe.
Tell me, did you have as hard a time as we did naming your kids?
p.s. these photos were taken by my friend Ellen, of Ellen Arthur photography. I'll be sharing the rest of them soon.